Guillaume de Machaut

Guillaume de Machaut Sheet Music

  • Born
    1300
  • Died
    April 1377
  • Birthplace
    France

Guillaume de Machaut was a Medieval French poet and composer. He is one of the earliest composers on whom significant biographical information is available. According to Daniel Leech-Wilkinson, Machaut was "the last great poet who was also a composer". Well into the 15th century, Machaut's poetry was greatly admired and imitated by other poets, including Geoffrey Chaucer. Machaut composed in a wide range of styles and forms. He is a part of the musical movement known as the ars nova. Machaut helped develop the motet and secular song forms (particularly the lai and the formes fixes: rondeau, virelai and ballade). Machaut wrote the Messe de Nostre Dame, the earliest known complete setting of the Ordinary of the Mass attributable to a single composer.

Title Form Instrument
Ballades Ballade Solo voice(s)
Cinc, un, treze Piece Organ
Dame, se vous n'avez aparceü Piece Organ
Ma fin est mon commencement Piece Solo voice(s)
Machaut Set Piece Chamber group
Nostre Dame Mass Sacred Mass Choir
Chanson balladée Song Solo voice(s)